When I first heard about the guild changes last fall I was very excited and happy Turbine was doing something for guilds. Then I wondered why some guilds were going up and others weren't.
I eventually figured out my guild didn't get any help at all. I learned it when someone in the guild left for a bigger guild because we would never get the good ship buffs.
So I plodded along even as we lost a level. Then another person quit the game because he thought our guild was dying since we dropped 2 levels, even though it seemed fine and we only lost 1 person.
So after seeing so many people on the forums that feel the same way I do I don't understand why Turbine won't let our guilds advance. I play a lot. I always take renown from chests and often do when I get the option in end rewards.
Then I thought, Turbine would definitely fix this before they offered the next pre-paid expansion because they would realize some people may not buy it otherwise. I was wrong again.
So I guess I will just move on. I don't want to buy an expansion in a game that wants guilds like mine to go away. It's not really a rage quit it's more of a sad quit. I gave this game a good try and had a lot of fun. It's just not fun when I have to deal with the stresses of guild decay.
This sums up the current state of the game to me. It may work for some, but it's not working for me and will only get worse over time as lfms keep going down.